Most people get headaches every now and then. These are generally less severe, rarely disabling, and can be treated easily with pain relief medication. Migraines, however, are different from normal headaches: they are extremely painful and are usually accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), migraine is the third most common disease in the world (behind dental caries and tension-type headache) with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7 per cent (that is around one in seven people). New insight has revealed that migraines are known to be more common in women than men. It affects three-times as many women as men, with this higher rate being most likely hormonally driven. But why? Researchers ha...
Case history: A 31 year old married young lady, Mrs. D. E. came visiting our fertility clinic in Lekki Lagos with complaint of infertility. She has been married for 3 years and has been regularly sexually exposed. She visited our clinic when she failed to conceive having being referred by her Imam. Routine baseline investigations were done; tests of ovulation, fallopian tubes and pelvic ultrasound were carried out and were all non-contributory. The semen fluid analysis was normal. She was given folic acid and counselled for timed intercourse to fit in to her ovulation period which she was taught how to monitor using ovulation kit. She was given a period of 6 months to try natural conception. However, 9 months down the line, she has not conceived and was asked to consider intrauterine ins...
Breast cancer makes up 25 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in women globally, say American Cancer Society. It is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in developing countries, with over 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the breast multiply uncontrollably and form a tumour. While most cases of breast cancer occur in women it is important to note that it also occurs in men, though at a very low percentage. A woman’s breast consists of fat, connective tissues and thousands of tiny lobules; these are tiny glands that produce milk for breast feeding. In any cancer, the body’s cells multiply uncontrollably. It is this rapid and uncontrolled multiplication of cells that leads to the cancer. E
An Abuja based gynaecologist, Dr. Ikenna Oti, on Tuesday said low levels of oestrogen in the body could expose women to vaginal infection called vulvovaginitis. Oti told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that vulvovaginitis is an infection that affects women’s vulva and vagina, and common to women of all ages. He said that about 75 per cent of women would have this infection in their life time and most times could have a second episode. The expert, however, listed some factors that could pose a risk of developing the condition in women as bacteria, yeast, viruses as well as parasites. He said that environmental factors like allergens, sexually transmitted infections and chemicals could contribute to developing the disease in some patients. He also said that other factors that could
Exclusive and adequate breastfeeding practice by Nigerian mothers will not only help in improving the mental capacity of babies when they grow up, it will also save the country at least N6.93 billion spent every year, Health Expert with Alive and Thrive, Dr. Sylvester Igbedioh has said. He said inadequate breastfeeding will on the long run take a toll on the health of babies at their infancy and during their adult life, while huge cost would then be spent on treatment of various diseases that could have been prevented with simply practicing exclusive breastfeeding. Stating this at the two-day workshop for health journalists in Lagos, tagged: ‘Skills in Utilising Media for Social and Behavioural Change with Focus on Infant and Young Child Feeding,’ he said parents who desire to see their
11 million stunted A woman’s breasts are primarily for breastfeeding the young but despite the fact that many Nigerian women are blessed with a sizeable chest, millions of babies in the country are yearning for breastmilk. According to scientists, all sizes of breasts can produce enough breastmilk for the baby even as it is no longer news that breastmilk is the optimal food for the developing infant. But while almost all women can breastfeed, there are some who for one reason or another, decide not to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months even though breastfeeding is also the first line of prevention for some childhooddiseases and obesity. According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, exclusive breastfeeding means that the infant receives only breast milk and no other l
Following the news on October 20, 2018 when a 67-year-old woman gave birth to her first child through the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process, Dr. Taofeek Ogunfunmilayo of Atoke Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has urged women not to give up in their quest for children as age does not matter. He said though the success rate of IVF declines with increase in age, as well as the complications following pregnancy, it is worth trying rather than give up on having children. Ogunfunmilayo, who spoke with The Guardian at his medical facility, explained that there are possibilities of a successful IVF treatment and delivery at the age of 60, which could not be possible for natural conception, adding that there are risks involved during the pregnancy stage, which is being managed by the medi...
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, on Wednesday, denied saying that the Federal Government was going to put a cap on the number of children that a woman could have.On her Twitter handle, @ZShamsuna, Ahmed said, the only plan that the government has was to encourage traditional and religious leaders to talk to their members about child spacing. Her tweet read, “The federal government has been engaging critical stakeholders like traditional and religious leaders to advise their members on child spacing. We never said we are placing a cap on childbirth. What is child spacing? This is a healthy practice of waiting between pregnancies.” Ahmed at the 24th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, on Tuesday, said that the Federal Government was working hard to come out with a policy that would li
*Junk food, lack of exercise, pollution killing sperm quality globally Is the human race doomed? Fresh fears that the human species face imminent extinction have emerged following findings from a new study showing that the quality of men’s sperm all around the world is rapidly declining due to pollution, sedentary lifestyle and junk food. The experts say sedentary lifestyles lower sperm production, while cheap and saturated fats found in junk food are known to harm sperm counts. They are warning that more men will become infertile over time, threatening the future. A man’s sperms carry half the genetic material necessary to make a complete human being. A woman’s egg holds the other half. But this alarm in reproductive health circles is not new. All over the world, reports of declin
Could midwives be the solution to curbing South Africa’s dismal maternal mortality rate,currently among the highest in the world? The rheumatologist and health economist Dr.Brian Ruff seems to think so. He is the CEO of South African private healthcare management company PPO Serve. In order to make births safer and cheaper for women in the lower-middle class who lack health insurance and are often unable to afford high quality private-sector deliveries, his company created in June 2017 The Birthing Team, an initiative based on midwifery. In South Africa, about 134 mothers die in childbirth for every 100,000 children who are born. Although this death rate has dropped by almost a third in public hospitals in recent years, according to research published by the peer-reviewed South
For the first time, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in laboratory animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth. Published Tuesday in Nature Medicine, research from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, United States (U.S.), offers proof-of-concept for prenatal use of a sophisticated, low-toxicity tool that efficiently edits DNA building blocks in disease-causing genes. Using both CRISPR-Cas9 and base editor 3 (BE3) gene-editing tools, the team reduced cholesterol levels in healthy mice treated in utero by targeting a gene that regulates those levels. They also used prenatal gene editing to improve liver function and prev
The Chief of Party, Save the Children’s Stop Diarrhea Initiative, Dr David Atamewalen has called on parents and teachers to join hands with other stakeholders to curb diarrhoea among children under the age of 5. Making the call at the grand finale of SDI youngster’s football competition tagged: “Kick Diarrhea Out of Lagos” organized by Save the Children, Atamewalen described diarrhoea as a ‘killer disease’’ that must be stopped. He explained that the event was all about trying to demonstrate the efficacy of the 7-point plan against diarrhoea prevention and control recommended by the World Health Organization, WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. He said the 7-point plan includes exclusive breastfeeding, Rostra virus immunization, ORS and Zinc, and Access to water and sani
Would you as a woman get pregnant and bear a stranger’s baby? If not, would you at least do it for your sister or your other relatives? Whether you do or not, surrogacy is fast becoming an attractive assisted reproductive technique all over the world. Dozens of Nigerian couples have embraced surrogacy and are still embracing surrogates to complete their families, even though they are not talking about it as much as they ought to. Nevertheless, surrogacy remains one of the least talked about tools in the fight against infertility. Why do surrogates do what they do? What do they get out of it? How hard is it to give a child to its parents after having it in your womb for nine months? These are among plethora of issues that couples thinking of exploring the world of surrogacy desire to be
When it comes to your personal style, the manner in which you wear your hair is undoubtedly a form of self-expression. With so many hairstyle options to choose from, it’s really not surprising to see someone experiment with their look and try the ever-evolving styles of braids, weaves, wigs, and natural hair options out there. Chances are that you’ve probably spent a good amount of money on hair products to manage your tresses. But before spending more of your hard earned money on hair, ask yourself these key questions: Is my hairstyle taking a toll on my hair health? Are the products I’m investing in potentially causing damage to my hair despite the “glamorous” or beautiful look I am able to achieve? Well, since maintaining healthy hair should be your ultimate goal, make it a priority to
IT is generally believed that a woman should be able to have sex six weeks after childbirth. This, however, does not mean she wants sex; it just means that the woman’s body will not explode if she tries sex at that time. Sincerely, sex after childbirth could be a big task. This is because the woman still looks and feels pregnant; sex at this time can actually be painful. There are certain reasons sex hurts after childbirth; Extra stitches: If you had a vaginal birth and tore naturally or the doctor had to cut the perineum; the space between the vagina and the anus and you were stitched up, especially the last stitch. This is an extra, unnecessary stitch at the perineum that is supposed to make your vaginal opening smaller. Sometimes women ask for this, most of the time they don’t. This